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Seven killed in religious ritual in Panama

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama, in which indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them “repent their sins.” Authorities say 14

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Sombrero wearing pigeon spotted in Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Maybe it’s trying to shield its own head from what pigeons usually do to people. A pigeon wearing a tiny sombrero has been spotted in Reno, Nevada. City Manager Sabra Newby has tweeted about the hat-wearing bird — but isn’t approving of the practice. While Newby says

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North Carolina puppy born green

CANTON, N.C. (AP) — Puppies come in all kinds of colors. But in this case, the color — kind of weird. When a white shepherd named Gypsy gave birth to a litter of eight pups recently, the fourth to make its appearance — came out bright green. The dog’s owner Shana Stamey has named the new

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Don’t pee on the escalator

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Don’t eat yellow snow. That sound advice is being tweaked for riders on the Mexico City subway system: don’t use yellow escalators. Seems the people-movers break down often — and travelers often blame authorities for poor maintenance. But it seems the problem isn’t

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Man wants to settle divorce with sword fight

HARLAN, Iowa (AP) — It’s true that divorce battles can get rather messy — but a proposal by a Kansas man has the potential to get very messy. David Ostrom wants a judge in Iowa to let him settle his beef with his ex-wife and her attorney with samurai swords. In a court filing, Ostrom says

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Customer leaves massive tip in New Hampshire

MILFORD, N.H. (AP) — Usually when a customer disregards the note at the bottom of a check saying what an appropriate tip would be, it turns out to be a bust for the server. But in this case, it was a bonanza. Two New Hampshire bartenders say a customer tipped them more than $2,000 on a $21

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